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10 Top Sources for Car Insurance

Friday, 21 Jan 2011 03:10 PM

It is mandatory for everyone who owns a car to have car insurance, essentially to protect the driver, and the vehicle. Today, there are a wide selection of car insurance companies to choose from.
Here are some pointers that will help you choose customized auto insurance that works best for you:

Do your homework: To start with, make a list of companies that best fit your requirements. Then compare the choices. There are a lot of ways to compare car insurance quotes.

Go online: You don’t need to make calls or visit auto insurance companies to see what they have to offer. Simply log onto to their website and save yourself the headache of collecting insurance quotes manually.

Check out your state's department of insurance site: Every state has a department of insurance and many have a website attached. You can find consumer complaint ratios on several of these websites. Find the insurance companies that have the lowest complaint rate.

Compare online: Another wise way of going about finding the best vehicle insurance quote is to do an online comparison. Several websites offer a comparison service with a simple online form. The advantage is you can fill in a single condensed format after which the comparative pricing comes to you. You will save yourself from filling out multiple forms on different company websites.

Word of mouth: Speak to your neighbors or colleagues and friends who have owned cars for a long period of time. The best way to choose a person is by analyzing how he or she has kept their car. Do they change cars often and how well maintained or dented is their vehicle? 

Decide who or what is to be insured: Another easy way to decipher cheap insurance is to analyze whether you want yourself insured or only the vehicle. This gives you a chance to estimate the total cost you will incur by getting motor vehicle insurance

Opt for public auto insurance: In some countries, the government provides its citizens with this method of insurance. For example, in Canada, the government owns and operates the system of automobile insurance. Canadian provinces like British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec have a lower rate of auto insurance than in provinces with a private auto insurance system. In some provinces, public auto insurance is limited to coverage of personal injuries while private insurers cover damage to property.

8. Keep an eye out for discounts run by companies: Progressive for example offered a discount plan to the first 5,000 vehicles registered at tripsense.progressive.com. Also, drivers who reduce their risk of being involved in an accident by driving less, by driving during lower risk hours, or by driving more slowly, were rewarded in this discount program.

Acknowledge these points: If any motor vehicle company values the following points, chances of getting a discounted price on car insurance is high. These points include: voluntary excess, membership of a recognized automobile association, installation of anti-theft device, side car discount, and specific location usage cover discount.

Ears to the ground: If you keep abreast of people who are likely to sell a vehicle with an insurance policy your work becomes simple. However, make sure it is not an expired or overdue policy where premiums may not have been paid up.

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